Set in the backdrop of the traditional Indian mindset, Siddharth Chauhan's 'Boys Don't Wear Nailpolish' is a poignant, eloquent and stirring statement on an unjust society where gender is reinforced in the child’s consciousness from his very birth and male behaviours are treated appropriate even for girls whereas the reverse is not true.
The film is a short doc-fiction (based on "That Boy in Yellow Nailpolish!", an article written by Lalita Iyer) and a reflection on how our society rewards ‘gender-appropriate’ behavior in males and condemns the opposite, making it difficult for some children to face the world and be themselves.
It is a tale of the quest of a mother to provide careful nurturing to her child by discouraging gender stereotyping. However, events take a dramatic turn as it becomes hard to determine 'how far is too far'.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Siddharth has written and directed about 5 short films till date and has also worked on an award winning commercial for The Department of Journalism& Mass Communication, Himachal Pradesh University, INDIA.
“Peace is nowhere!” his latest short film; shot in and around the hills of Shimla and went on to become an official selection at the International Film Festival Kerala 2013.
He was also the festival director for the International Youth Film Festival which was held in Shimla, March 2013 at the Gaiety Theatre.
Boys Don’t Wear Nailpolish ; his latest film about a mother's battle against gender stereotyping to protect her child's individuality in a society that promotes images of masculinity.